Quebec shortens wait between doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to eight weeks

A pharmacist administers the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine to man in London Ont

The government of Ontario has finally made the much-anticipated announcement that it will soon begin administering second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, promising residents a two-dose summer that will gloriously coincide with the gradual reopening of the province.

After that, booking eligibility will expand to others based on the date their received their first shot.

She says she isn't deterred by the frustration, and still intends to get the second AstraZeneca shot.

The Hema-Quebec study found that younger people were more likely to have had COVID-19 and the percentage of people with antibodies decreased with age, ranging from 19 per cent among people aged 18 to 24, to 9.5 per cent in people 70 and over.

Moving up the second dose is optional and people will keep their original appointments if they don't re-book for an earlier shot. Booking eligibility will be based on the first in, first out system. Second dose appointments can also be booked (without a first appointment) in the provincial booking system.

The order for second immunizations will go as it did for the first, starting with, as mentioned, individuals 80 and over, followed by those 70 and over during the week of June 14.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit delivered 4,500 doses to 24 pharmacies across the region Tuesday for individuals who received their first shot between March 10 to 19.

There are some exceptions, mainly for people who are at high-risk of severe outcomes and where one shot of vaccine may not provide sufficient protection, as well as those who live or work in high-risk settings in terms of exposure. For example, this included individuals aged 50 and over, as well as individuals with high-risk health conditions.

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A further 200 million doses are needed for the continent to vaccinate 10% of its population by September, WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said in an online briefing on Thursday. For example, this included individuals who can not work from home and individuals who have at-risk health conditions.

France is the first country to share COVID-19 vaccines from its domestic supply, donating over 31 000 doses to Mauritania, with another 74 400 set for imminent delivery.

Ontario unveiled an accelerated second dose strategy on Friday where people can book a second COVID-19 vaccine appointment as early as 28 days after their first shot.

On Monday, 45,000 AstraZeneca doses will expire. Acceleration of AstraZeneca second doses will proceed on a 12-week interval, with booking eligibility based on date of first dose.

The new doses will primarily cater to those who got the first AstraZaneca vaccine and are due for the second and final dose.

Ford says he's waiting to hear back from experts, unions and those in the education field about the next step, stressing he won't rush into a decision.

Dr Moeti spoke during a virtual press conference today facilitated by APO Group.

But Bates said that the province needs to " move quicker" and put more resources behind it as some pharmacies are "running out of runway" to get shots in arms.

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